Jeld Wen Joinery Factory and Timber Yard, Suffolk

A disused joinery factory and timber yard in Suffolk. The factory focused on mill work, producing window components and door cores.

Joinery & Timber Yard - Box of Pipes
 

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History of Jeld Wen, Lowerstoft

This waterfront site was purchased by Boulton and Paul for almost a million pounds, who opened a joinery factory and timber yard in 1962. By the mid-1980s, it employed about 400 people and had become the largest and most modern complex of its kind in Europe. The factory focused on mill work, producing window components, as well as door cores and a small amount of door production work.

Ten years later, in December 2009, the company announced it was closing the factory, saying it needed to make savings in its manufacturing processes in order to remain competitive.  The timber company closed the joinery factory in June 2010 with the loss of more than 190 jobs, and since then the site has remained vacant.

Our visit

You can’t beat some good pipes, and this place has plenty of them! I was looking forward to this visit, I always enjoy an industrial explore and I wasn’t disappointed with the amazing pipework and climbs! I visited with Mr T and Unexposed Exploration, and we were almost joined by Magpie Tommie until he managed to walk right into a security guy as soon as he entered the site! (Sorry Tom, had to be mentioned!)

Joinery & Timber Yard - Collector Buckets

Joinery & Timber Yard – Collector Buckets

Joinery & Timber Yard - Pipe Porn!

Joinery & Timber Yard – Pipe Porn!

Joinery & Timber Yard - Pipe Climb!

Joinery & Timber Yard – Pipe Climb!

Joinery & Timber Yard - Interior Walkways

Joinery & Timber Yard – Interior Walkways

Joinery & Timber Yard - Control Panel

Joinery & Timber Yard – Control Panel

Joinery & Timber Yard - Men at Work

Joinery & Timber Yard – Men at Work

Joinery & Timber Yard - Extraction

Joinery & Timber Yard – Extraction

Joinery & Timber Yard - Towering Machine

Joinery & Timber Yard – Towering Machine

Joinery & Timber Yard - Big Space on a Little Screen

Joinery & Timber Yard – Big Space on a Little Screen

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